I remember watching an opossum from my kitchen window recently. At first glance, I thought I was watching an engorged squirrel that was performance-enhanced by a cocktail of drugs, like the folks you see on the TV in the professional sports arena. However, after my perception cleansed, I stood mesmerized by my opossum friend’s climbing strategy, as he traversed the branches high atop the backyard tree. If one way didn’t work, he simply found another route and patiently changed his trajectory by traveling along another, more effective path. Although it was not long before I knew that I would dig a little deeper into this Classroom Mothership Earth lesson, I remembered to breathe, stay present and gently allow the communion with my climbing friend to unfold organically. Although I was eager to meditate on the spiritual significance of this spirited encounter, I needed to remember one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite mantra’s, “be here, be now”. As I stood in the place that I was, I know that while Oprah loves her shows, I wore my bare feet.
On the global weather front, our human race stands on what I like the call the confrontational crossroads fence yet again. And like a virtual blogging friend also poignantly chimed in, “when confronted with a spiritual or dogmatic crossroads, a man first holds fast to his beliefs. He then thinks and challenges the new thought. He finds any reason to not accept it, while simultaneously knowing that he could easily be wrong. He then moves into the sphere of crossroads and is confronted by the face of truth. He can only accept truth and change, or deny truth and remain stagnant in growth.” Moreover, I remember my old self using the powerful and yet primitive psychological coping strategy of denial to win an argument with my peers. When the conversational topic became too threatening to my worldview, like Rush Limbaugh, I simply ended the conversation by arrogantly asserting, “I’m right, you’re wrong and that’s all there is to it.” Today, here in the USA and the planet throughout, humanity has become dramatically polarized. We have fought wars based on drawing rigid lines in the sand, we have suppressed and repressed the masses of folks that perceive and desire the “chimes of freedom flashing”. While it is true that we have been like “sheeple” that have gone along with the herd and we have allowed the wool to have been pulled over us by the corporate illusionist behind the curtain–the time is now to end “separate, but equal”. We are all One and if we are to move beyond ego (intellectual concepts, beliefs, dogma, rhetoric, etc.), then we need to recognize the demonic shackles of the ego when they are drawn within our own being. For example, does it really make sense that our homosexual brothers and sisters–whether oriented and/or choosing that lifestyle, should be discriminated against and not allowed the same legal and spiritual rights as the majority of us that define ourselves as heterosexual? Is it not obvious that this is the same line that was drawn for women and folks of color? It is time to let go of the “great deceiver” that orders us to “obey thy master”, “shut up and shop” and judge one another as superior and/or inferior. The truth is, there are no enemies out there, rather, the Kingdom of Heaven is within and it is equally available for all of us, if only we allow for it. It’s about a state of consciousness, sweetheart!
Moving onward, we are birthing into a New Age and Paradigm, but not without the labor pains that accompany the delivery of the Promised Land that many of us envision. As we co-create Heaven on Earth and step into the realm of Infinity, we need to remember that this is a slow process (although paradoxically rapidly accelerating). Moreover, this colorful process of co-creation happens one step, one moment and one breath at a time. Perhaps this week, you might start by picturing an opossum and asking yourself the following reflective questions: are you acting or about to act in an inappropriate manner? Do you need to strengthen your appearance? Are others putting up false appearances in front of you? Do you need to divert attention away from some activity? Are others trying to divert your attention? Is it time to go into your own bag of tricks and pull out some new strategy? Opossum medicine can help you balance magic, parlor tricks and real-life Wizardry in your life right now. And please remember to stay light on the feet and keep your footing, while cutting back to inner peace on the playing field of Life.